The media kitchen before things heat up
ODP Chairman Chris Redfern, debate program welcome letter.
ODP Executive Director Doug Kelly, left, with Targeting Director John Hagner.
ODP Perfect Storm Cover
MSNBC's Hardball Show in "Spin Room."
Behind the scenes of Hardball with host Chris Matthews.
Election pundits Matthews and Chuck Todd, NBC political director.
Matthew's script machine
Todd, left, and Matthews.
Cleveland State University students
CSU students as Hardball audience
Student backdrop doubles as CSU PR
On air reporter getting ready in the "Spin Room."
Off camera, lights and equipment.
Hammy Hardball techy.
Local Cleveland NBC on-air news hounds.
Tim Russert, host of NBC's Meet the Press, joins local affiliates.
Russert comments before debate.
Makeshift broadcast location.
Jerid Kertz, driving force behind Buckeye State Blog
Media preps for post debate "Spin Room" coverage.
MSNBC Hardball show stage official.
Media kitchen heats up.
OhioNews Bureau media kitchen outpost.
Jill Miller Zimon of Writes Like She Talks, left, and Jeff Coryell of Ohio Daily Blog.
Tim Russo, left, and Jerid Kertz at work on Buckeye State Blog
Bill Hershey, Dayton Daily News Statehouse reporter.
The debate forum minutes before candidates enter.
About 2,500 debate audience members watched debate at CSU's Wolstein Center.
Russert, left, joins NBC Nightly News host Brian Williams.
CSU's Mary Jane Saunders with opening remarks.
Mobile TV camera.
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Police Color Guard.
CSU student Dawn Mitchell sings The National Anthem.
Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipes and Drums enter stage.
Women and men in kilts.
CSU President Dr. Michael D. Schwartz.
Audience settles in for debate.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.
Ohio Governor Ted Strickland.
Russert warms up the audience.
Sens Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, center stage.
Sen. Hillary Clinton, left, and Sen. Barack Obama.
Sens. Clinton and Obama
Backstage at the debate.
Media kitchen reaches capacity during debate.
Media kitchen print, media overflow room.
Media kitchen prepares debate dinner stories.
Media, laptops open, cover the debate.
Standing, sitting room only in media kitchen.
CNN Washington Bureau reporter Candy Crowley, center left, reporting.
60 Minute correspondent Steve Croft, left, watches the debate.
News chefs in the media kitchen
Bitter cold and snow in Cleveland
Ohio junior US Senator Sherrod Brown, left, being interviewed.
NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell, left, with Matthews in late night Hardball segment.